18 year old Adam Wesley Hudson was the talk of the Riverside High School football team. When school starts on Tuesday, he's expected to be the talk of the school for a different reason, his arrest on rape charges.
"We'll all be in shock. It's not Adam. It was hard to believe when we first heard it. When we get there I think they'll all talk about it and nobody will believe it," says Paige Smith, a Senior at Riverside High School and a friend of Adam Hudson.
Hudson is charged with rape of a child and sex offense of a child in Brunswick County, North Carolina. Authorities there accuse him of having sex with a girl under the age of 13, while the family vacationed there last month. Smith says she met Hudson at a church function about 3 years ago, and still can't believe the charges.
"He's a wonderful person. He's there for everybody that needs to be there. He's friendly to everybody. He's just an awesome person," says Smith.
"I think it's very shocking, and I'm sure a lot of people are very angry over what has happened, especially the football players," says Kari Jarrell, a former Riverside High School student.
She says the football team are the leaders at school. "Sports or whatever. He can be guilty like someone who is not in sports. He's innocent till proven guilty,' says Doris Kenan of Cedar Grove.
Hudson is currently in the South Central Regional Jail awaiting extradition back to North Carolina.
School administrators at Riverside High School declined to comment about Hudson's arrest.
In a release from the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department, 18 year old Adam Wesley Hudson of Belle is charged with First Degree Rape of a Child and First Degree Sex Offense of a Child.
The charges are out of Brunswick County, North Carolina.
Brunswick County deputies worked alongside Kanawha County detectives to make the arrest in West Virginia.
Hudson was taken into custody after a school function at Riverside High School where he attends and plays football.
He's being held at the South Central Regional Jail awaiting extradition to North Carolina.
It is estimated that every 2 minutes a rape takes place in the United states .
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